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With at least 45 percent effectiveness, safety belts are the single most effective means of reducing the risk of death in a crash and save more than 15,000 lives each year in the United States.
According to government data, if everyone consistently wore a seat belt, more than 5,000 American deaths could be prevented each year.
AAA supports primary seat belt laws, which have been shown to reduce a state’s motor vehicle fatalities by an average of 8 percent.
North Dakota law currently requires seat belt use, but law enforcement can only ticket a driver after observing another traffic offense. With or without a primary seat belt law, AAA urges drivers to require seat belt use by all occupants of vehicles every trip, every time.